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Archive for tag: 2VM

A Flurry of Fur

A Flurry of Fur   Jojo and Derby, two of Chelsea's family's three Jack Russell Terriers, sit on the porch at her home in Colorado, which overlooks a scenic view. What a mad dash this weekend has been! Finals ended Friday morning for the second-year veterinary students, and, typically, we like to take the next couple of days to rest up from the "celebration of knowledge." I, however, needed to leave early on Saturday in order to get home to my parents’ horse ranch in Colorado by Sunday. So what was the big rush? A long-awaited Golden Retriever puppy is being added to my family’s clan of animals this summer and, coincidentally, her pick-up date coincided with the end of my finals AND the pregnancy due date of one of our horses. Kiara, the newest addition to the family, is a cream Golden Retriever (9 weeks old, as pictured). So, on Friday afternoon I had a quick celebratory lunch with my friends and then headed to the airport to... (Read More)

Halfway There!

Halfway There! This past Friday, April 13, my fellow second-year veterinary students and I received our white coats! The White Coat Ceremony is a much-anticipated tradition that celebrates our “transition from classroom study to clinical work.” During the ceremony, our faculty mentors presented us with our coats as our loved ones proudly cheered. For some neat history of the White Coat Ceremony here at Texas A&M University, I encourage you to check out this link. Rebecca (third from the right) and her family, who flew in from California for the White Coat Ceremony on Friday All of my wonderful family flew out to College Station from California for the occasion. There is no doubt that I have been able to make it to this point thanks, in huge part, to their endless support and encouragement of my DVM pursuit, and it was so nice to take a break from school for a few days to enjoy having all of them here with me in town. Receiving our white coats ... (Read More)

Preparing for a White Coat

Preparing for a White Coat There are officially four more weeks of my second year of veterinary school! This easily has been the most challenging semester of my vet school career. And although I’m incredibly appreciative of all the information I’ve learned, I’m ready for a break. It’s weird to think that this upcoming summer will be the last summer break of my life before I'm thrown into the adult world, with a full-time job, responsibilities, and all that jazz. But in the meantime, I’m focusing on upcoming events like finals, summer plans, and White Coat Ceremony. The White Coat Ceremony, for the 2VMs, is next Friday (April 13)! It is a pretty big event, symbolizing our transition from the classroom to clinics, and I am SO. PUMPED. It’s practically a graduation in the middle of our vet school career. People’s families are coming in, there will be tears and tons of photos, and also lots of traffic considering that it’ll be the same day as Ring Day on main campus. B... (Read More)

Class Schedule, Exams, and Stress

Class Schedule, Exams, and Stress Recently, on a veterinary school tour, I heard this question: “How does the class schedule look like?” I rarely get asked this—I'm more commonly asked how hard it is to get into veterinary school—but this is an important question, because, in my opinion, I think that it is harder to complete a DVM degree than it is to get accepted to veterinary school. To start, we can look at my spring veterinary class schedule and how I am dealing with this hectic routine. I start the week with Monday, 8 a.m. exams and end with my Friday, 3 p.m. class. My daily studying hours are blocked from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., or perhaps more like 3 a.m. Not being a morning person, this is a real challenge. It is important to know your learning style and quickly implement a study routine. This will save time for studying and will increase time for sleep. If you want to attend vet school, you need to get ready to put in that many study hours. The exam schedule usually b... (Read More)

Forward Thinking

Forward Thinking I am now almost halfway through veterinary school, and I can’t help but be blown away. Just the other day, I stood talking with my friend at the dog park while our two pets played. The topic came up of our mutual friend being accepted into the incoming class of veterinary students. My friend mentioned how excited she is to apply next year and how crazy it would be if she got in: she would be in the first year, our mutual friend in the second, my roommate in the third, and me in my fourth year. I agreed, not fully processing the concept at the time. Helping out in the CVM Marketplace, a fourth-year student came in to purchase some College of Veterinary Medicine merchandise. As we casually conversed while she checked out, I noticed the tears in her eyes. “I just finished my last rotation at the vet school,” she informed me; afterward, she said, she sat in her car for 30 minutes processing that fact. I couldn’t imagine the emotional overload she m... (Read More)

Summer Aspirations

Summer Aspirations A few days ago, six fellow classmates and I gathered to have a catered lunch from a College Station favorite, Blue Baker, with our three faculty mentors. Every now and then we meet to discuss current happenings in the vet school and receive some sage advice about developing our future careers. On this occasion, being mid-semester, spring break and summer plans were big topics of conversation. Most of us are planning on catching up on sleep and TV shows during our Spring Break week, but a few relayed some exciting travel plans for sunny destinations; conversely, I know quite a few students and friends who are choosing snow for their week away. As for me, the mountains will have to wait until summer, when I plan to stop by my parents’ home in Colorado before hopefully heading off to a veterinary student internship! Last summer, I spent the majority of my time at home in Colorado, helping out with my family’s ever-growing ranch of animals an... (Read More)

The Importance of Wellness

The Importance of Wellness One of the exciting things going on for students is the opening of the College of Veterinary Medicine's new Wellness Room. The Wellness Room was designated for use by vet students and faculty when the Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex opened in 2016, and new machines and equipment were recently moved in there. Wellness is something that is highly encouraged and talked about throughout vet school, so I thought that in light of the new opening of the wellness room, I would share my own personal wellness journey. When I started my first semester of vet school, I had no idea how hard it would be to find balance in my life. I felt like I never had time to work out or spend time with my husband; some days I felt like I barely had enough time to shower and do other, general self-care routines. On top of that, my grades were struggling. I’m not sure how, but I did make it through my first year, and I came out stronger on the other side. ... (Read More)

Ready for a Good Day (Lessons Learned from Bubba)

Ready for a Good Day (Lessons Learned from Bubba) Veterinary school is hard. If you’ve been talking to vet students or graduated veterinarians, you'll hear this phrase pretty often. People will first congratulate you on the path you've chosen, and then try to warn you of its steepness. You won't believe them, even when you're filling out the extensive application, or prepping for the nerve-wracking interview, or just trying to get your hands on as many sick or broken animals as you can and realizing its impossible to help them all. Well, maybe you'll believe them a little, and steel yourself against the stress, but it won't really sink in until that first week of vet school bowls you over and leaves you buried in the dirt. And then the next week does the same. And the next. Over and over again for four years. As you can imagine, this takes a bit of a toll on a person. To keep our heads above the rising tide of stress, we vet students learn a couple of coping mechanisms. Maybe it's exercis... (Read More)

Thinking about Love on Valentine's Day

Thinking about Love on Valentine's Day Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope everyone with a significant other is having a wonderful day and is taking time to cherish the person with whom they’ve decided to celebrate. As for the single ones (i.e. me), I hope you are also enjoying the day biding time for all the Valentine’s chocolate to go on sale later tonight. I find it funny that popular opinions on Valentine’s Day are on opposites sides of the spectrum—the die-hard lovebirds and the nonconforming denouncers of the day. I think when I was younger I was more in the anti-Valentine’s group due to my lack of significant other. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that love and commitment aren’t things limited to just romantic relationships. More recent conversations that I’ve had with my parents have shown me the extent to which they have gone to help me achieve my goals. They pushed me to do my best in school from an early age, encouraged my quirky interests in animal behavior o... (Read More)

Fighting Hunger One Gala at a Time

Fighting Hunger One Gala at a Time Picture this: A jiving jazz band, flickering chandeliers, dancing flappers, a plethora of fedoras, strands of pearls, and clinking glasses… Karly, getting "dolled" up for the 1920s-themed gala The Brownstone Reserve in Bryan was filled with a crowd of people all coming together with the appearances of having a roaring good time but, in reality, collecting money to take action on hunger and poverty in the most selfless way. The 5th Annual Heifer International Charity Gala was a success on many fronts. Not only did the event run ever-so-smoothly, but the guests made many contributions to our great cause. In total, we raised nearly $15,000 in tickets, silent auction items, and heartfelt donations. We also raised awareness. Education is often a more valuable commodity because, while money remains stagnant, knowledge grows between people and between dreams. Our keynote speaker, Ardyth Neill, the president of Heifer International, h... (Read More)